Curtis Lavaughn Haraway Sr. was born to Claude Calvert Haraway and Lillie Manus on January 12, 1964 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Curtis departed this life on January 6, 2021, in Houston, Texas. He will leave an irreplaceable whole in the life and heart of his family and those who knew him.
Curtis spent his younger years in Erie Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, California where attended High School and Community College. He was a gifted athlete and excelled in basketball, football, baseball, and track & field. His love for sports was very evident and he passed it on to his sons. Curtis also loved politics and was an avid reader of political and historical literature. Though he did not obtain that all illusive college degree, his intellect and knowledge was at the level of anyone who had obtained their Master’s or even Doctorate Degree.
Curtis later relocated to Texas where he met the love of his life and the mother of his five sons, Estela Go Treyes. He exhibited the kind of love and adoration of Estela that every woman looks for in her soul mate. He gave the everlasting-unconditional love that we all dream about. Utilizing the life lessons, he obtained as a young man, together they raised their sons to respect and value every opportunity that presented itself to obtain their goals in life.
Curtis Haraway lived a life full of lessons and blessings that molded him into the son, brother, and father we knew and loved. He spent his life loving and caring for his friends and family. There was not a selfish bone in his body. His desires were not that of what he could gain from others but to have the ability to give more to those he loved. His biggest joy was to make others smile, even when he could not smile himself. He was an encouraging, compassionate, and understanding friend. He was the type of brother who cared for and looked out for his younger siblings. He taught his sons by example everything that a man should exhibit and represent.
To say that Curtis was the Model, the Template, the Blueprint of how a father and man should love, raise, and teach their children is an understatement. He instilled in loved ones that they should always express the importance of confidence, respect, morality, love, and compassion. These are lessons that he not only instilled in his sons but in their friends, family members and even strangers. These attributes were a part of him and showed within him no matter where he was or who he encountered. The love that he showed to his grandchildren is indescribable. They returned his affection and adored being in his presence. They felt that all they needed to do was ask Papa and he would make it happen. His little princesses, Imani and Halo and prince, Malcolm II loved hanging on to his every word. They could not wait to see their Papa because then they knew that all was well with the world, if for no reason other than because Papa said so.
Curtis major contributions to the world was not that of material objects, money, or fame but the time he gave to everyone he met. He made them feel like, at that moment in time, they were the most important person in the world. When talking to him he always let you know, not so much in words but in his demeanor that you were in a judgement Free Zone. He will forever be remembered for the time he took to pass on knowledge, give comfort during their time of grief or emotional hurt, provide spiritual support, the moments of comfort and the overall impact he has left on so many people’s lives.
Curtis Leaves to cherish his life: his wife, Estela Go Treyes-Haraway: his sons; Curtis Haraway Jr., Malcolm Haraway, Marcus Haraway, Justin Wooden, Jordan Wooden, and Christopher Collins: his brothers; Benjamin “Bennie” Haraway, Abdul “Bugz” Haraway, Henry “Hank” Haraway, Steven Haraway, and Dorian Hager sisters; Pamela Simmelkjaer, Denise Hager and Tora Haraway: his god daughter Rainie Spiva: his grandchildren; Imani Haraway, Malcolm Haraway II and Halo Haraway.
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